Guyana Jaguars confident of beating T&T Red Force in Super50 Cup final

    Veerasammy Permaul and Tevin Imlach celebrate. (Photo credit: CWI Media Photo/Philip Spooner)

    “We believe we have what it takes to win.”

    That’s the view of Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson on their Super50 Cup final against T&T Red Force after his team breezed through the semifinal round.

    Last night, Guyana completed a comprehensive win over Windwards Volcanoes to set up the meeting with the Red Force on Saturday.

    The Jaguars were sent in to bat by the Windwards and were 63/4 at one point but Man-of-the-Match Shimron Hetmyer and Raymon Reifer put on a record-breaking 194 runs for the 5th wicket.

    Hetmyer ended on 113 and Reifer made 90 and Guyana got to 305/7 in 50 overs.

    Then, spinner Gudakesh Motie ran through the Windwards batting to take 4/53 in 10 overs.

    His exploits, plus wickets for fellow spinners Chandrapaul Hemraj (2/35), Kevin Sinclair (1/33) and Veerasammy Permaul (1/35), saw the Windwards bowled out for 210 in 46.2 overs – 95 runs short.

    GUY: 305/7 (Hetmyer 113; John 3/42)
    WIN: 210 (Athanaze 58; Motie 4/53)

    After the game, Guyana skipper Leon Johnson spoke highly of Hetmyer and Reifer, saying, “We’ve asked the senior players to put their hands up at crucial times and they did that today.”

    Looking ahead, Johnson said, “It’s a big occasion on Saturday when we meet Trinidad and Tobago in the final. I know we will get a lot of support from the people back home and we believe we have what it takes to win. It would be something special to bring smiles to the faces of the fans.”

    Saturday’s final bowls off at 1:30PM.